Homemade MUNGER ROAD will return for one night only on a giant OUTDOOR DRIVE IN SCREEN at OLD REPUBLIC restaurant in Elgin
Nick Smith is the writer and director of MUNGER ROAD. The movie premiered at all Chicagoland theaters in the Fall of 2011. The film found massive box office success including having the highest grossing per theater average of any film in the country for all of 2011.
He and his family also own the popular restaurant, OLD REPUBLIC KITCHEN + BAR in Elgin that sits in front of the Marcus Elgin Movie Theater. “With the reality we all have been living for the past two months – it has really forced us as a restaurant to think outside the box”, Smith said. “When we saw how much success the McHenry Drive-In is having…. I said to myself ‘Hmmmm’”.
Taking a popular movie and combining it with a great restaurant that has a large parking lot leads to a one night only DRIVE IN MOVIE, Saturday, May 30. Smith hired a professional drive in movie company from Indiana to journey to Elgin to help produce the event. “It’s a massive screen – and it’s also nice that in addition to outdoor speakers – guests will be able to tune in to their FM radio to hear the audio from the movie”, Smith said.
The event will be following strict and specific guidelines to ensure a safe and successful event. “The movie starts at 9pm – we’d like people to start coming at 5pm or so….”, Smith said. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available in three different packages. Tickets will sell out quickly and are available on Old Republic’s website: www.oldrepublicbar.com
The Drive-In will include popcorn, concessions, drinks and entertainment for the evening. “This is a way for us to give people the opportunity to see the movie for the first time if they haven’t seen it or if you have seen it… a great excuse to get the family out of the house for some good, safe fun”, Smith said.
About the film… On the eve of the annual Scarecrow Festival, two St. Charles police officers, Academy Award Nominee and veteran actor, Bruce Davison as Chief Kirkhoven, and Randall Batinkoff as Deputy Hendricks (Kickass, As Good As It Gets, The Peacemaker, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) search for a return killer the same night four teenagers go missing on Munger Road.
The film is Rated PG-13 with a runtime of 90 minutes.
Munger Road is located just outside St. Charles in the village of Bartlett. The road and the train tracks that cross over it have been adorned with legends for over three decades.
MUNGER ROAD also stars Chicago-born Trevor Morgan (The Sixth Sense, The Patriot and Jurassic Park); Chicago-born Lauren Storm (The Game Plan, I Love You Beth Cooper and The Roommate); Hallock Beals (as Scott in The Last Song with Miley Cyrus); and newcomer Brooke Peoples.
About Old Republic Kitchen + Bar… Old Republic opened to great fanfare in the spring of 2018 and this event coincides with its two year anniversary. The popular food and drink spot is a part of the Karas Restaurant Group that includes twelve restaurants in the Fox Valley area including The Village Squire, Rookies Sports Pub and Alexander’s Café. Old Republic is currently open everyday at 11am for take out, online ordering and delivery.
About the event… You can arrive as early as 5pm on Saturday. Please follow the directions of our staff on how to enter the parking lot and where to park.
You must stay within the confines of your vehicle as much as possible. You may lay in the bed of your truck or in the back of a van. You may NOT sit outside of your vehicle. If you choose to sit in the bed of your truck or in the back of your vehicle with your hatch open, you must be wearing a facemask.
Although we are adhering to a "Stay-In-Car Rule", we realize that you may need to use the restroom. If you are outside your vehicle, you MUST wear a facemask.
All employees have been educated and trained on the need for personal sanitation and hygiene as well as the sanitation of our facility.
Portable bathrooms are near the concession stand in front of the Old Republic. There will be plenty of hand soap and sanitizer on hand. Please DO NOT ask or try to use Marcus Theater, IHOP, Applebee’s or Old Republic inside restrooms.
There will be markers on the floor to help with the 6’ of social distancing when using the restrooms and concession stand. We will be offering a variety of concessions including popcorn, appetizers, pizza, candy, soda and water.
Please use the portable garbage cans located around the lot for any garbage.
There will be 2 exterior hand washing stations located near the concession stand/restrooms, if needed.
We are asking that, wherever possible, you please police yourselves when it comes to parking.
The Movie will begin at 9pm. It has a 90 minute run time. When the movie is finished please exit in your vehicle in a safe and orderly fashion and follow the directions of the Elgin Police Department.
We look forward to having you and to keeping this a safe and positive experience for everybody.
In the Event of inclement weather – we will reschedule the event to another Saturday night and your ticket will be good for that night. There will be no refunds given for any reason.